The Ecuadorians were superior, they handled the ball and the ground before an opponent who gave it to him, who did not find the exact place and who wanted to win the game "putting a knockout hand".
The mood game that Lavallen raised was not enough. You had to do other things. If the ball could not be handled, at least it was necessary to prevent them from mastering it with the sufficiency and tranquility that in many passages they did. No one disputes that it is a good team and that it has quality players. But Pellerano, a 37-year veteran who has wisdom (another thing that is not discussed), handled everything in the game. And Columbus did not even know that there was another kind of response to that. As for example, put it up and prevent him from playing with the tranquility and the spaces with which he did it.
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Columbus met an opponent who did everything he was supposed to do: 1) not burst the ball and play out from behind; 2) that everything passes through Pellerano and, to a lesser extent, by Mera; 3) attack lightly and vertically on the sides. Faced with that, Columbus did nothing. Pellerano was a figure; the two outside as well (Dajome drove him crazy to Escobar and Sanchez was dangerous and the creator of the second goal play) and Colon also provided Independiente del Valle with a very dangerous comfort zone, without putting him on the way out and waiting on his own sector but without being orderly enough to prevent that Independent, who was at ease and playing the game that suited him, could reach the arch of Burian, with the addition that Ecuadorians were very effective, since the goals they did not arrive as a result of an accumulation of dangerous situations, but they took very good advantage of the five or six clear that they had, to score the three goals that gave them an unjustifiable victory in the balance of deserves.
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Lavallen was not a good approach; or it didn't work out as he wanted; or did not have the appropriate response from the players. It is also fair to say that Columbus played as Columbus plays. That is, without taking the initiative, letting the opponent play, having land and ball, waiting and trying to get the ball to Morelo and the Flea to invent something in the last 25 meters of the court.
Lavallen had pre-announced it before the game, when he implied that they have a “more oiled” game and that “we are going to put the fight and the heart ahead of it in other games allowed us to turn the series around”. It was an air currency that depended on many factors. The attitude of Columbus, waiting for and using the quick reply, seemed to be that of a boxer who goes out to the ring willing to take the center of the scene, defend himself so that the blows do not hurt and wait for the moment to take the blow and place A knockout hand. Without elaboration, the match could be lost in the spotlight. So it was.